Louisville’s Speed Art Museum to get major expansion

July 05, 2011

Officials at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Ky., unveiled designs for a major 200,000-sf expansion and renovation. Louisville-based K. Norman Berry Associates Architects is serving as architect of record, while Culver City, Calif.-based wHY Architecture is handling design for the $79 million project. Work includes razing a 1973 auditorium and gallery addition and constructing two buildings. A new three-story, 53,000-sf glass-skinned building will house gallery space, a restaurant, an auditorium, and a gift shop, while a smaller 5,000-sf building will also be constructed on the six-acre site. Both new structures will link directly to the existing 1928 museum. Outside, Boston-based Reed-Hilderbrand landscape architects is designing a new art park and public piazza for the property, which neighbors the University of Louisville campus. Completion is expected in 2015.

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